Resilient Flooring Guide
Historically, resilient flooring has had a special place in the minds of aspiring homeowners, with good reason – resilient is very affordable and durable. It can withstand moisture and is often mold and bacteria resistant. Resilient materials are widely available.
You can often find them at your local hardware store, where you can also get instruction on installation. Resilient encompasses a small range of flooring including Vinyl Flooring, Rubber Flooring, Cork Flooring and Linoleum Flooring.
Why the Name Resilient?
If you do not already know, resilient is both durable and beautiful. Most resilient flooring is manufactured using natural ingredients. Newer methods of manufacturing and advances in the materials used for producing resilient flooring provides it with the resilience which was unheard of at the time when it was originally invented. It has an ability to bounce back to its original shape under stress such as dragging of tables and heavy objects being dropped on it.
What Is It Made of?
Nowadays, resilient flooring comes in a wide variety of natural and synthetic materials, fillers and colors. It is either sold in tiles or as sheets. The tiles come in various sizes depending on the manufacturer.
Resilient materials are tested as per standards established by the statutory body American Standard Testing and Materials, ASTM. The quality standards are set very stringently (there was probably no standardization when resilient flooring was first introduced in 1863) and tested in multiple aspects for ensuring that they adhere to recommendations.
Why Is Resilient So Popular?
Although many other types of flooring materials, both man-made and natural are quite popular, perhaps none offers the unique combination of versatility, durability and affordability as resilient. You will find resilient being used everywhere, from the fancy department stores to the local gym. Now, both homebuilders and flooring manufacturers have begun recognizing renewed public interest in this flooring material. Here are some more points to prove that resilient is becoming popular again.
1. Easy to lay and quick to set, unlike other conventional floorings or epoxy flooring.
2. You have a choice of multiple materials, colors and patterns that will be tough to find with conventional flooring.
3. Resilient is ecologically friendly and non-damaging to the environment even when disposed of. Most resilient materials are biodegradable.
4. Resilient is highly cost effective compared with other conventional flooring.
5. The average life of resilient can be expected to be from 10-20 years, which is very high considering the low cost.
6. Many resilient floor materials are bacteria and allergen-resistant.
To top it all off, most resilient is do-it-yourself friendly. Resilient can be installed by anyone, whether you are a novice (with a little instruction) or a seasoned handyman! Our articles on How to lay Vinyl Flooring and Cork Floor Repair will give you all the information you need.
Today there are any number of designs available in resilient, so take a while to discover what’s available – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!